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Growing into God: A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Mysticism by John R. Mabry received its first review in the ‘Spiritual Living Reviews’ column of the July 15 issue of Library Journal!

The review appears as follows:

Mabry, John R. Growing Into God: A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Mysticism. Quest. Sept. 2012. c.268p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780835609012. pap. $17.95. REL
Mabry (Grace North Church, Berkeley) addresses the broad questions that surround mysticism in the Christian tradition, too often thought of as something esoteric or secret. Mabry usefully reminds us that authentic mysticism is a core part of Christian practice that returns us to community rather than pulling us away. His book includes common questions about mysticism, quotations from renowned mystics, and thumbnail biographies of mystics cited. VERDICT An easy introduction to mysticism for the curious; recommended for individual seekers.



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Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh by Robert Frager, Ph.D. received a rave review in the ‘Spiritual Living Reviews’ column of the July 15 issue of Library Journal.

Read the full review below.

Frager, Robert. Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh. Quest. Jul. 2012. c.296p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780835608930. pap. $19.95. REL
Frager (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; Essential Sufism) comes to writing about spirituality with a fascinating double heritage as a psychologist and a Sufi teacher and author. There is always some dispute about the meaning of Sufi, sometimes called the mystical dimension of Islam, but the reader will find in this book a collection of “sohbets” (informal talks) that honor the Sufi way, but express a conventionally Islamic approach to theology and spirituality. VERDICT Frager’s book gives voice to the Islam of devotion, peace, compassion, and service; an excellent introduction to Islamic modes of thought for the general reader.


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The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Biddhist Meditation, by Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu, has been reviewed in the May issue of Library Journal in the Spiritual Living column!

The verdict reads, “Not for beginners in Buddhism, Ajahn Sumano’s cheerful and direct text will be a true eye-opener for practicing Buddhists.”


Read the full review here.


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This review was originally published on May 1, 2011.

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